OK, but what have you done for me lately?

If you are not grateful that Trump is president, you are, whatever you may personally believe about yourself, a non-card-carrying member of the left. Political ingratitude seems to know no bounds, nor does the expression the art of the possible have any genuine meaning to you. This is what Trump has already done. This isn’t my list but was picked up on a comments thread. There are lots of other items I’m aware of as well, including sacking the Director of the FBI. But this is far more than anyone could have realistically achieved, not to mention that if anyone else had run, Hillary would be president.

* Enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders in the First 100 days than any president in a half century
* Enacted 28 pieces of legislation, more than any other president since Truman
* Signed 25 executive orders, the most of any 100 days in over 50 years (will be over 30 by day 100)
* Achieved first Supreme Court Confirmation in 100 days since 1881
* Instituted tough immigration policies that have driven illegal border crossings to a 17-year low
* Removed more job-killing regulations through legislation than any president in U.S. history
* Estimated savings: $18 billion annually
* Economic optimism has been renewed, with consumer confidence reaching its highest level in 16 years
* Ordered the toughest new rules to stop the revolving door between Washington lobbyists and government officials in history

100 Days of Accomplishments

Job Creation:

* Stronger Enforcement of Trade Guidelines
* Approving Permits for the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines
* Study Into Using American Material in Future Pipeline Construction
* Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
* Historic Partnership with the Private Sector

Immigration:
* Ordering a Freeze and Study of Immigration from Areas Compromised by Terrorism
* Halting Funding to Sanctuary Cities
* Increasing Numbers of Immigration Enforcement Personnel

Public Safety:
* Establishing Commission on Opioid Crisis
* Standing with Law Enforcement Officers
* Creating Task Force on Violent Crime
* Tackling International Cartels

National Security:
* Targeted Strike on Syrian Airfield
* Travel Restrictions on Select Countries Compromised by Terrorism
* New Iran Sanctions
* Calling for Increased Defense Spending in Budget Blueprint
* Cost Savings on F-35’s

Cutting Regulations:
* Energy Independence Executive Order
* Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders
* Reexamination of CAFÉ Standards
* Review of Waters of the United States Rule
* Creation of Regulatory Task Forces
* Eliminating Stream Protection Rule
* Eliminating Regulations on Extraction Companies
* One-in-Two-Out Regulatory Reform
* Minimizing Affordable Care Act

Helping Women/Minorities:
* HBCU Initiative
* Canada-United States Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs
* Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act
* Promoting Programs to Engage Women in STEM Fields

Of course there is that CNN breaking news on “Two Scoop” Trump that makes all this irrelevant.

RUSH LIMBAUGH UPDATE: I spent a lifetime in politics and learned there to appreciate the small mercies of the occasionally good government. Reading the comments thread does make me think there are a fair few with nooooo idea about politics with the cowardice and inanity which is its regular fare. Just think Malcolm and you will see what I mean. Meanwhile, back in the USA we are looking at the most extraordinary and potentially positively transformative presidency in certainly the past century. Here’s Rush’s take: Limbaugh: Can We Take A Moment And Appreciate How Epic Trump Presidency Is?

He can’t get Obamacare turned over in 100 days. Well the Libs couldn’t put in a $5 Medicare surcharge. If you cannot see how extraordinary these past weeks have been your opinion is not worth a plug nickel. And if you really want to be riled, all you folks with TDS, have a go at his address to Liberty University which I sat through last night watching it live: Trump: ‘In America we don’t worship government, we worship God’. And here’s the full speech for, shall we say, the true believers.

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80 Responses to OK, but what have you done for me lately?

  1. Sorry to hear you busted your hand, Steve. You would have been doing a lot of one-handed typing lately.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    He’s also caused more lefty head explosions than we saw in Kingsman The Secret Service.
    And some more from today:

    Every time the Washington political press freaks out and goes into full panic mode against President Trump, the blockbuster, Watergate-volume story always unfolds the same way.
    First, the news starts leaking or breaking. Newsrooms from the Potomac to the Hudson become seized and fixated on every morsel of the delicious story. News flashes zing around the internet.

    Then it hits cable television and the press starts slinging the most salacious and scandalous accusations they can whip up, charging the president with the highest crimes imaginable.

    Each time, these reporters sink deeper and deeper into a fantasyland as they dream bigger and bigger. THIS TIME, they keep thinking, we FINALLY got him!

    Alas kiddies the Orange Pimpernel has gotten away again.
    Never have so many heads been detonated in the Lefty cause than over the last 100 days.
    It’s been most marvellously popcornworthy.

    The Nuclear Option: Comeygate Latest Fake News Hysteria for Trump/Russia Conspiracists

  3. jupes

    * Enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders in the First 100 days than any president in a half century
    * Enacted 28 pieces of legislation, more than any other president since Truman

    Let’s be clear. It is the quality of these executive orders and legislation – mainly reversing Obama executive orders – rather than the quantity.

    After all, Julia Gillard apparently enacted record numbers of legislation and where did that leave us?

  4. alexnoaholdmate

    I enjoy the Lefty head explosions as much as anybody; but let’s take the very first item on the list:

    Enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders in the First 100 days than any president in a half century

    Okay. Sure.

    But when Leftys said “Gillard is too an effective Prime Minister – look at all the legislation she passed!” we rightly mocked them. As if passing masses of new laws was a good thing. Pfft.

    When Leftys said “Obama is acting as an effective President – bypassing an obstructionist Congress and getting things done through executive orders!” we argued that was, more than anything, the sign of a President out of control and possibly acting in an unconstitutional manner.

    Suddenly under Trump it’s all okay?

    And yes, “They created the executive orders precedent, they can’t whinge when Trump uses their own weapons against them!” is a fair point. It’s the hypocrisy I don’t like.

  5. Oh come on

    I wouldn’t be making masturbatory allusions regarding anyone else’s interest in Trump, m0nty. You’re the one with the beyond creepy obsession with the guy.

  6. Marcus

    There are a lot of real accomplishments there, but it has to be said that a lot of it seems to be establishing commissions and a few meaningless motherhood statements thrown in for good measure. I mean, the Canada-United States Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs sounds like something Kevin Rudd would have dreamed up.

  7. I am the Walras, Equilibrate, and Price-Take

    You missed out ‘illegally launched 56 missiles against a war-ravaged, terrorist-swamped, impoverished Middle-Eastern country because his daughter was crying over something she saw on television that probably never happened.’

    But who cares about a few dead swarthy A-rabs anyway, right?

  8. I am the Walras, Equilibrate, and Price-Take

    Oh, sorry.

    I see now that you have it in there.

    As an ‘achievement’.

    Jesus wept.

  9. Oh come on

    Alex, it’s Congress that’s abrogated its responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch. This has been a bipartisan effort that has waxed and waned over the decades, intensified in the Bush 43 era and went supernova under Obama. What we see now are the constraints the executive works within; namely much reduced constraints, and what’s compounding this is a new President who’s more instinctively executive in his method of operating than any who has preceded him. What comes of this depends very much on the competence and intent of the executive. So far the signs have been largely positive.

    Yes, I would like to return to a period whereby there is greater balance between the legislature and the executive so that we do not have to place so much hope in one individual to deliver the outcomes we would like to see.

  10. iampeter

    Can’t tell if you’re serious Steve.

    I mean almost all your points are wrong in one way or another from suggesting that he is engaging in anything like coherent foreign policy to having any impact on illegal immigration levels which have been plummeting even before he started running for office. You actually list his immigration freeze from terrorist countries as an achievement when you know quite well it is still held up by the courts because his team is so bad at politics.

    Sure Gorsuch is the least worst nominee of a bad bunch and sure some of the regulations his cut will help a little but at best this is fiddling around at the margins.

    Overall Trump has just signed a spending bill that has no repeal of Obamacare, no funding for the wall, more “infrastructure spending” than even Obama and constantly keeps stepping on land mines that he himself plants first (e.g. fired Comey after re-appointing him, undermined his own teams communication strategy which in itself amounted to reason Hillary would have for firing him NOT Trump – lol it’s an absolute circus).

    For all intents and purposes America has another Democrat President and Democrats control all branches of government. He is doing worse than any of us could’ve imagined but somehow you and many of his other fans are just not seeing it.

  11. iampeter

    In fact here is a much more level headed and accurate assessment of Trump’s Presidency to date:

    Trump Change

  12. Marcus

    He is doing worse than any of us could’ve imagined but somehow you and many of his other fans are just not seeing it.

    I don’t know if you read Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online, but his main point is that most of Trump’s biggest supporters are still in campaign mode, where the fact that he’s “winning” is more important that what he “wins.” I think there’s probably a lot of truth to that.

  13. Robbo

    The main reason why having Trump as President is a good thing is that it means that Hillary Clinton isn’t President. Even with that it still leaves the US with a guy running things who is as reliable as a North Korean rocket.

  14. I don’t know if you read Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online, but his main point is that most of Trump’s biggest supporters are still in campaign mode, where the fact that he’s “winning” is more important that what he “wins.” I think there’s probably a lot of truth to that.

  15. Oh come on

    Hey, m0nty. Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 and will never be President.

  16. Marcus

    Monty, whatever else anyone here says about you, you have damned fine taste in movies.

  17. John Carpenter

    President Trump has set the bar very high.He has to make America great again and has less than 4 years to do it.He only won the presidency because voters in 3 rustbelt states,Michigan,Ohio and Pennsylvania decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.He is not going to make America great again by building Mexican walls or beating up on Canadian lumberjacks.He is also not going to do it by reducing unemployment which at 4.4% is at a 10 year low and now probably heading higher.Basically I think he has snowball’s chance in hell and will be one term president.But the President is lucky.I am forecasting several years of USD weakness and perhaps this will bail him out.

  18. Tim Neilson

    He is also not going to do it by reducing unemployment which at 4.4% is at a 10 year low
    That’s the official rate which excludes people who are still unemployed but, having come to the end of their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits without the government finding them a job, stop turning up to the welfare department.
    The figures which include those people show that at the end of Obama’s presidency unemployment was worse than since the 1970’s (and with changes in demographics in female work force participation, could be the worst since the great depression).

  19. iampeter

    I don’t know if you read Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online

    Yea the Comey Debacle article. His supporters have become so obsessed with winning the election that they’ve forgotten that if this is how the Trump administration governs they may as well have lost for all the difference it would’ve made.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    He appointed Gorsuch. Nothing else fucking matters.

    And when that evil crone Ginsburg pops her clogs he can appoint someone equally as good.

    He will have saved the Republic.

  21. His supporters have become so obsessed with winning the election that they’ve forgotten that if this is how the Trump administration governs they may as well have lost for all the difference it would’ve made.

    Like I have been saying, the resemblance of Trump to Turnbull is striking.

  22. zaphod


    17h
    Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter
    McMaster just gave @realDonaldTrump’s schedule next week: An entire week of MMEGA- Making the Middle East Great Again. America still waits.

  23. Infidel Tiger

    Trump does appear to have the attention span of a 4 year old boy.

  24. NASA Denies Trump’s Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket

    When NASA launches its new big rocket for the first time — more than a year and a half from now, at the earliest — there will be no astronauts along for the ride.

    In February, at the request of the Trump administration, NASA began studying whether it was possible to add crew for the first flight of its Space Launch System, a heavy-lift rocket under development for deep space missions.

    On Friday, the space agency announced it would not. During a conference call with reporters, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., the acting NASA administrator, said the change was technically feasible, but that the additional cost, time and risks outweighed the benefits. “It really reaffirmed the baseline plan we have in place is the best way to go,” he said.

    Putting astronauts on the first flight would have added $600 million to $900 million to the $24 billion price tag, Mr. Lightfoot said, and delayed the launch until probably the first half of 2020.

    Oh yes, this guy is just brimming with Saysian spending restraint.

  25. Slayer of Memes

    From BoN’s link (above):

    Just look at this latest “Watergate” scandal.

    The upshot is that Mr. Trump finally fired a man who every single person in all of Washington, except perhaps James B. Comey’s wife, has said at one time or another in the past year should have been fired.
    Why was he fired? For all the reasons every single person in Washington has stated at one point or another during the past year.

    But if you are among the legions around here suffering from Donald Trump Derangement Syndrome, it is always much more sinister.

    Russia!

    The FBI was closing in on Donald Trump’s sordid connections to the Russians! (Minus the laughably debunked Moscow hotel room scandal that was one of Mr. Trump’s previous “Watergate” scandals.)

    The FBI had just asked for more money to pursue the Trump-Russia connection, we were breathlessly told. Subpoenas were just being issued to known associates of known associates of President Trump!

    So incensed by the lies of the scandal’s cover-up, it was reported, that a top official in the Justice Department was threatening to quit in protest rather than carry on working for such a criminal in the White House.

    And then inconvenient reality unfolds again.

    One by one, each of these blockbusters came under clouds of scrutiny. Nobody quits in protest.

    By Thursday morning, the whole scandal had substantially come unraveled.

    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said he and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee, had recently met with Mr. Comey and came away with the clear impression that, in fact, Mr. Trump is not a target of any investigation by the FBI. “Sen. Feinstein and I heard nothing that contradicted the president’s statement,” he said.

    And in a stunning display of nonpartisanship, Mrs. Feinstein agreed.

    Well, OK. But the White House should have handled it better.

    That last line is pure mOnty…

  26. PB

    You got it all except for continuing America’s support of the Greater Israel project (the Yinon agenda) through targeted strategic assistance to ISIS and Al Qaeda (remember them?, Larry and Frank’s old WTC demolition team?). The more things change……

  27. alexnoaholdmate

    …illegally launched 56 missiles against a war-ravaged, terrorist-swamped, impoverished Middle-Eastern country because his daughter was crying over something she saw on television that probably never happened.

    What was illegal about it?

    The law allows the President to act in an offensive capacity for a period of time before requiring Congressional assent to continue.

    Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it illegal.

  28. alexnoaholdmate

    Alex, it’s Congress that’s abrogated its responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch.

    Yes.

    This has been a bipartisan effort that has waxed and waned over the decades, intensified in the Bush 43 era and went supernova under Obama.

    Yes.

    What comes of this depends very much on the competence and intent of the executive.

    Yes.

    So far the signs have been largely positive.

    Perhaps. Perhaps not.

    My point is this: Steve Kates (and others) are first in line to tell us – when others do it – that signing executive orders for every issue under the sun (bypassing the legislature in the process) is, at best, not in the spirit of the game and is, at worst, unconstitutional. They are correct.

    But when Trump does it, it’s not only okay – it’s first on the list of “wonderful things that Donald Trump is doing”.

    Which makes one wonder how much of Kates’ commentary you can take seriously – whether an action is right or wrong is not an objective question; all that matters (to Kates) is who is the actor.

  29. Marcus

    When NASA launches its new big rocket for the first time — more than a year and a half from now, at the earliest — there will be no astronauts along for the ride.
    In February, at the request of the Trump administration, NASA began studying whether it was possible to add crew for the first flight of its Space Launch System, a heavy-lift rocket under development for deep space missions.
    On Friday, the space agency announced it would not. During a conference call with reporters, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., the acting NASA administrator, said the change was technically feasible, but that the additional cost, time and risks outweighed the benefits. “It really reaffirmed the baseline plan we have in place is the best way to go,” he said.
    Putting astronauts on the first flight would have added $600 million to $900 million to the $24 billion price tag, Mr. Lightfoot said, and delayed the launch until probably the first half of 2020.

    Actually, one of the things I do like about Trump is that he seems to take space exploration seriously, as opposed to having NASA focus on engaging the Muslim community and outsourcing all the heavy lifting to Elon Musk. Whether this particular idea was a good one or not, I don’t know, but humans really should have walked on Mars a couple of decades.

    Make NASA great again.

  30. iampeter

    So this happened.

    There is no face or palm sufficient to express the face-palm-iness of this single tweet.

    Over to you Steve.

  31. ned

    the best U.S. president is William Henry Harrison, He caught pneumonia on inauguration day and died a few weeks later, before having the opportunity to do any damage!

    Given what one can see in my (admittedly incomplete) table, it seems pretty clear that U.S. presidents are not really champions of freedom and liberty. Since they occupy the highest office in the land – a position of power in the coercive state – this should come as no surprise. What is more troubling is the continued persistent belief that the next guy (or gal) elected to the position will somehow transcend the forty-plus year history of mediocrity, lying, infringements upon freedom, state-authorized theft, and murder of any foreign person with the gall to actually not like it when we show up with guns to teach them all about democracy. I’ve heard it said that quitters never win and winners never quit, but never winning while never quitting seems rather stupid.

    https://archive.lewrockwell.com/alston/alston56.1.html

  32. Rafe

    There is a Good Trump and a Bad Trump. The Good Trump has been unwinding some of the insane leftwing regulations and initiatives that were Obamas gift to the nation.

  33. BorisG

    Record of Trump signature promises to date:

    – Repeal of Obamacare – fail (and proposed bill even worse than Obamacare)
    – Building the Border Wall paid by Mexicans – fail
    – banning Muslims from entering the US – fail
    – improving relations with Russia – fail
    – stopping Iran deal – fail
    – moving embassy to Jerusalem – fail
    – Syria policy – 180 degrees turn
    – NATO policy – 170 degrees turn
    – China currency manipulator on day one – fail
    – SCOTUS appointment confirmed – win
    – lifting oil restrictions – win.
    – Hillary is not president – win (arguably this is almost the only win).

  34. Rafe

    You will probably find that most if not all of Trump’s executive orders are overturning unconstutional Obama orders which were opposed by the House and the Senate. No comparison with Rudd and Gillard.

  35. You will probably find that most if not all of Trump’s executive orders are overturning unconstutional Obama orders which were opposed by the House and the Senate.

    If they were unconstitutional, why weren’t they challenged in court? Trump has lost a number of cases on his EOs already. Your assertions are bare.

  36. srr

    So, The #FakeNews Media Whores hang at the cat.

  37. struth

    100 days in.
    So many TDS sufferers intent on writing the obituary so soon.
    What fucking jokes.

  38. cynical1

    The main reason why having Trump as President is a good thing is that it means that Hillary Clinton isn’t President. Even with that it still leaves the US with a guy running things who is as reliable as a North Korean rocket.

    The main reason why having Trump as President is a good thing is that it means that Hillary Clinton isn’t President. Even if it leaves the US with a guy running things who is as reliable as a North Korean rocket.

    FTFY

  39. Mark M

    Brady: “How come the FBI can find my stolen jersey so quickly, but they can’t find any evidence of the russians rigging the election?”
    Trump: “It’s a lot easier to investigate things that actually happen.”
    https://imgflip.com/i/1mf59j
    Unlike Obama, Trump is only human like the rest of us and never claimed he could “halt the rise in our oceans,” which Hillary only offered more of.
    That alone is reason to be grateful we dodged a bullet.

  40. Malcolm

    If you are not grateful that Trump is president, you are, whatever you may personally believe about yourself, a non-card-carrying member of the left.

    I think you mean Steve:

    If you are grateful that Trump is president, you are, whatever you may personally believe about yoursefl, a non-card carrying member of the left.

    FTFY

  41. Malcolm

    Steve Kates after being confirmed as the new FBI director

    As you all know, President Trump is a saint. I’m cancelling all investigations into the election campaign and our dear president. Any FBI official who has been involved in such an investigation will immediately be dismissed from his or her job. I am diverting all FBI resources to stopping illegal aliens entering from Mexico.

  42. struth

    If you are grateful that Trump is president, you are, whatever you may personally believe about yoursefl, a non-card carrying member of the left.

    Yep, that’s right.

    That’s why there’s so many lefties crying in the streets and violently demonstrating.

    What a wanker.
    It’s that sort of logic that makes Monty look like the politically gifted.

  43. Malcolm

    No I’m not struth. Kates is boasting that Trump has passed more legislation (that regulation deadshit!!!) than other presidents in 100 days.

    That’s what Julia Gillard boasted about too.

    So Trump and Gillard have a lot in common.

    Trump is the most pro-regulation president in history. The most left wing president in history. And the biggest wanker in history who became president.

  44. struth

    Trump is the most pro-regulation president in history. The most left wing president in history. And the biggest wanker in history who became president

    I rest my case.

  45. OldOzzie

    FLOW OF REFUGEES SLOWS TO A TRICKLE

    News reports indicate that illegal immigration has dropped sharply since President Trump’s inauguration, even though no progress has been made in building the wall. Similarly, it appears that the flow of refugees has declined, even though the president’s travel orders, including his reduced ceiling on refugee admissions, has been tied up in the courts by partisan judges. The Star Tribune reports: “Minnesota’s refugee stream slows to a trickle.”

    The pace of refugees arriving in Minnesota slowed markedly in recent months, even though President Trump’s executive order pausing resettlement remains mired in the courts.

    The reasons for the decline are not clear, but it seems that fewer refugees are being interviewed overseas:

    [T]here is speculation that federal vetting of new refugees is grinding to a halt. A recent Washington Post article cited Homeland Security officials who said their department has stopped interviewing refugees overseas — a key prerequisite for resettlement.

    Which led to this wonderful quote by a disgruntled liberal:

    Eric Schwartz, outgoing dean of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and a former Obama administration resettlement official, said the uncertainty is “deeply troubling.”

    “If the administration has decided that the way they are going to implement the executive order is simply to stop interviewing people,” he said, “then they will succeed in thwarting the intent of the courts.”

    The horror! A president trying to “thwart the intent of the courts”! I think, rather, a couple of liberal activist judges are trying to thwart the intent of the president.

  46. OldOzzie

    Or

    Canada Receives Record Numbers of Mexican Asylum Seekers After Trudeau’s Welcome Tweet

    Mexicans are seeking asylum in Canada at a rate four times greater than in 2016. The first three months of 2017 already saw more cases recorded than in the entire year 2016.

    One reason for the surge is president Trump’s travel ban, announced in January, which raised concern in refugees that they might be prevented from entering the United States. Instead of trying to cross the border into the US, they get on a plane that takes them to the airport in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada.

    The second reason is that Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau invited them in. In 2016, Trudeau eliminated a visa requirement, imposed in 2008, for Mexicans traveling to Canada. The visa requirement sharply reduced the number of migrants, until it was lifted.

    In addition, Trudeau decided to react to Trump’s travel ban by tweeting the following on January 28:

    To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength[1] #WelcomeToCanada

    Trudeau’s tweet was followed by a picture of him greeting a refugee family. The two tweets garnered over a million likes and half-a-million retweets.

    The Canadian government has threatened to reinstate the visa requirement, and has told the Mexican government that it will do so if asylum claims continue to increase. Canadian Broadcasting (16-Apr) and Daily Caller (17-Apr) and Canadian Broadcasting (3-Apr)

  47. OldOzzie

    Plus

    Second Round of Somalis Deported from U.S.

    Immigration officials deported a second round of Somali illegal immigrants who had been living in the U.S. along with a few Kenyan foreign nationals.

    Officials deported a total of 77 illegal immigrants to Somalia this month, according to a report by Midnimo Information Center. Of the 77 illegal immigrants, 72 were Somali foreign nationals, while five of the illegal immigrants were from Kenya.

    An unnamed official told Midnimo the group of illegal immigrants were deported generally because of their immigration status.

    “They were deported over immigration issues including lacking papers. We had been informed of their planned arrival,” the anonymous official said. “The Somalis will proceed to Mogadishu while Kenyans will be processed here accordingly.”

    This is the second round of mostly Somali illegal immigrants who are being deported under President Trump’s administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The first round of deportations for Somalis included 90 illegal immigrant Somalis and two illegal immigrants from Kenya.

    Trump’s focus on deporting Somalis and other foreign nationals from the region is vastly different from the Obama Administration, where only 170 Somalis were deported in his last two years in office. These Somalis were deported for either committing crimes or having their asylum requests rejected, as Breitbart Texas reported.

    Somalia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ahmed Isse Awad said previously the number of Somalis the Trump Administration is looking to deport is at least 4,000, with the vast majority not being currently held in immigration detention centers.

  48. iampeter

    If you are grateful that Trump is president, you are, whatever you may personally believe about yoursefl, a non-card carrying member of the left.

    Exactly. The only difference between Trump and Obama is that Obama was ideologically coherent while Trump has no political ideas of any kind and just swings left by default as most people who don’t know anything about politics do.

    That’s why there’s so many lefties crying in the streets and violently demonstrating.

    Most “street level” lefties don’t understand anything about politics and so are carrying on this way. The ones who actually know what they are doing (the George Soros et al) are quite happy with this state of affairs. Trump will give the left everything they want, even as they spit in his face and pretend to be opposing him.

    It’s those of us on the right, who support individualism, capitalism and limited government that will be screwed.

    The only people who manage to be even more removed from reality than lefties who are unhappy with Trump and don’t realize that they are currently winning everything, are so-called right wingers who are happy with him and actually think they are winning anything.

  49. Mark A

    iampeter
    #2379689, posted on May 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

    It’s those of us on the right,

    You are fooling no one here with that claim peter, maybe yourself.

  50. Zipster the leftoid torturemeister

    To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength[1] #WelcomeToCanada

    Tax persecution is rife in Australia, not sure about Canadian weather though…

  51. OldOzzie

    OPEC Sees the Writing on the Wall

    The oil cartel roped eleven other petrostates into an agreement to curtail production in 2017 and are currently working on extending that deal, but the output cut’s ultimate goal of eating away at the oil market’s glut of crude is being undermined by the actions of suppliers outside of OPEC—U.S. shale producers chief among them. Now, OPEC is revising upwards its estimates of how quickly supplies will grow outside of its membership this year by a whopping 64 percent. Bloomberg reports:

    Production from outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will increase by 950,000 barrels a day this year, OPEC said in a report, revising its forecast up by about 370,000. The projection is four times higher than in November, when the group announced a production cut to try and re-balance oversupplied world markets. Non-OPEC nations pump about 60 percent of the world’s oil. […]

    “U.S. oil and gas companies have already stepped up activities in 2017 as they start to increase their spending amid a recovery in oil prices,” OPEC’s Vienna-based research department said in the report. “In addition to the growth in the U.S., higher oil production is expected in Canada and Brazil.”

    This supply-side surprise comes courtesy of American frackers, who have seized the opportunity afforded them by the petrostate cuts and have ramped up their own production over the past nine months. By cutting costs and boosting efficiencies, U.S. shale has made itself capable of profitably producing $50 per barrel oil.

    This is the worst-case scenario for OPEC: whatever success its production limits have in inducing a price rebound, the fruits of those labors will be enjoyed first and foremost by U.S. companies who will find more of their shale operations profitable at higher prices. With projections for growth of non-OPEC supplies being ramped up so dramatically through the end of the year, it’s clear to see that that’s already happening.

  52. Dr Fred Lenin

    We at the North American Association of Practicing Psychiatrists , NAAPP,wish toconvey our gratitude to President Donald J Trump for his executive actions which are causing severe mental disorders amongst the wealthy middle class leftists and the p crony capitalist class. Paranoia and delusional abberrations have increased by 765 per cent in New York and California .the figures for Washington DC are being concealedby the “soldiers” from the obama and clinton crime gangs ,but are rumoured to be over 1000 percent . As a token of our esteem we present the President with our annual. Nutjob Award , its not the Nobble Prize but we hold it in very [ high regard .President Trump is expected to win it for the next seven years ,during which tine the confinement institutions are expected to be bursting at the seams ,with certified crazy leftists . It is common knowlege that the left are crazy but now they will have a certificate to prove it .

  53. OldOzzie

    Zipster the leftoid torturemeister
    #2379717, posted on May 14, 2017 at 9:23 am
    To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength[1] #WelcomeToCanada

    Tax persecution is rife in Australia, not sure about Canadian weather though…

    Zipster – B’Cold – went to Montreal twice in Summer and wondered why everything was underground – then I went to Montreal in Winter and found out why So Cold, you could not live above ground!

    Underground City, Montreal

    RÉSO, commonly referred to as The Underground City (French: La Ville Souterraine), is the name applied to a series of interconnected office towers, hotels, shopping centres, residential and commercial complexes, convention halls, universities and performing arts venues that form the heart of Montreal’s central business district, colloquially referred to as Downtown Montreal. The name refers to the underground connections between the buildings that compose the network, in addition to the network’s complete integration with the city’s entirely subterranean rapid transit system, the Métro. Moreover, the first iteration of the Underground City was developed out of the open pit at the southern entrance to the Mount Royal Tunnel, where Place Ville Marie and Central Station stand today.

    The lower floors of the Eaton Centre between the McGill and Peel Metro stations
    Though most of the connecting tunnels pass underground, many of the key passageways and principal access points are located at ground level, and there is also one skybridge (between Lucien L’Allier metro and the Gare Lucien L’Allier). In this regard, the Underground City is more of an indoor city (ville intérieure) than a truly subterranean city, although there are vast commercial sectors located entirely underground.

    The network is particularly useful during Montreal’s long winters, during which time well over half a million citizens are estimated to use it every day. The network is largely climate controlled and well-lit, and is arranged in a u-shape with two principal north–south axes connected by an east–west axis. Combined, there are 32 kilometres’ worth of tunnels over twelve square kilometres of the most densely populated part of Montreal. In total, there are more than 120 exterior access points to the network, not including the sixty or so Métro stations located outside the official limits of the Réso, some of which have their own smaller tunnel networks. Some of the city’s larger institutions, namely McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Concordia University and the Université de Montréal, also have campus tunnel networks separate from the Underground City.

  54. notaluvvie

    Well, yes, but apart from:
    * sorting out illegals
    *creating jobs
    *instituting government savings
    *cutting regulations
    *helping minorities and women
    *enforcing public safety
    *ensuring national security
    *putting a real judge into the Supreme Court and
    *making sure Hilary, Jeb Bush or some pseudo-Republican loser liberal was not President

    what has President (sic) Trump done for the US?

  55. John constantine

    Leftist parties?.

    You have to feel like being compliant with the regulations of your State monitored social licence before you would crawl to one of those things.

  56. BorisG

    *making sure Hilary, Jeb Bush or some pseudo-Republican loser liberal was no

    Trump is no republican. He has adopted some republican slogans to get elected. As his approach to healthcare demonstrates, he has no interest in addressing complex issues, like taking on powerful forces that make healthcare costs skyrocket. He promised not only to repeal Obamacare, he promised to replace it with something much much better. He has so far supported Obamacare-2 which is worse than Obamacare, and did not manage to get itto through GOP controlled congress. He is not interested in fulfilling this promise, or addressing complex issues. As I wrote elesewhere, he is only interested in simple solutions, and problems that have simple solutions.

  57. Defender of the faith

    Kates has a job in a university. Yet he makes arguments like a 12 year old.
    Trump is making a mockery of democratic principles and conservative ideals. He is a threat to conservatives and to liberty. His promises to the electorate are fake and his grasp of his job tenuous.

  58. Roger

    Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter McMaster just gave @realDonaldTrump’s schedule next week: An entire week of MMEGA- Making the Middle East Great Again. America still waits.

    Pshaw; Coulter is just a non-card carrying member of the Left.

  59. Malcolm

    Defender of the faith is right. Kates has become a fool. Trump is no conservative and no libertarian. He is happy destroying institutions (such as the FBI) which a true conservative would fight to preserve. I am totally sick of Kates making the most outrageous assertions that if you don’t like Trump you are left wing. Is that the quality of argument he takes in university?

    Sinc: it is time to expel Kates from this blog, he can create his own nutter blog if he wishes, but catallaxyfiles should not be damaged by his demented ravings.

  60. mh

    What matters is what heartland America thinks.

    Heartland

  61. mh

    “Two Scoop” Trump

    President Bill Clinton wasn’t so selfish. He would let the interns have the cream.

  62. alexnoaholdmate

    Sinc: it is time to expel Kates from this blog…

    Who died and made you god of Catallaxy? It wasn’t Sinc – I’m sure we’d have heard of it.

    …he can create his own nutter blog if he wishes…

    Oh, that’s certainly very kind of you.

    …but catallaxyfiles should not be damaged by his demented ravings.

    Hmm. Let’s take a vote of ordinary Catallaxians:

    If someone has to be voted off the island, who should it be: Kates or “Malcolm”?

  63. Malcolm

    This was a libertarian blog, but Kates has taken it to the far left. Only a moron couldn’t see that Trump is incapable of being president – he is floundering and harming his country.

  64. Malcolm

    By the way, since Trump’s victory, I have become even more convinced that he was the wrong person for the job. The world would have been better off with Hillary Clinton, even though she is terrible.

  65. cynical1

    happy destroying institutions (such as the FBI)

    It needs destroying.

    It’s fucking useless at its real job and full of partisans from the Democrats.

    Another institution taken over by the left which is more concerned with transexual toilets and racism than crime.

    The CIA is worse.

  66. Gary

    Plenty of legitimate and coherent criticisms of Trump (including m0nty when his off the crack).
    But Malcolm the blog nanny with his concerned trolling is so obviously disingenuous.

  67. GldStd

    Pretty sure Steve Kates got his PhD out of a cereal box.

  68. Indolent

    Trump is incapable of being president – he is floundering and harming his country.

    Unlike Obama, who raised it new heights? Dream on.

  69. Lutz

    Dear Malcolm: President Trump is a hell of a lot smarter than you. What have you achieved? And just for your information Steve Kates is a brilliant economist, one of the very few who actually understands proper economics and he is nowhere near left thinking.

  70. Malcolm

    Steve Kates is a brilliant economist, one of the very few who actually understands proper economics and he is nowhere near left thinking.

    Steve Kates used to be a sound economist. Recently he has embraced crony capitalism and protectionism / mercantalism.

    He no longer deserves to be called an economist. He is a polemic writer that’s all.

  71. Lutz

    Crony?? Examples please.

  72. johanna

    Yawn.

    What a boring, low-grade troll.

  73. Bruce in WA

    Pathetic, Malcolm. Just.Fucking.Pathetic.

  74. ev425128

    My super fund gained 5.5% in the months since the inauguration (before any contributions). Global markets seem to be happy.

  75. Malcolm Thomas

    As well as having a cool Christian name, ‘Malcolm’ is right to slam Kates’ simplistic rants – such as ‘you either agree with my view that Trump is omniscient, or you are a deluded leftist dunce’etc etc. Let’s not forget Kates’ idiotic worshipping of probably the worst conservative leader – in terms of completely discrediting a small government agenda – Australia has had for some time: Tony Abbott. Kates’ political commentary is so absurd and juvenile that it really belongs in a MAD comic book.

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  77. iampeter

    While I agree with the Malcolm’s I think if there was a tribal council then likely Sinclair himself would be voted off his own site. While the Cat is billed as “Australia’s leading libertarian and centre-right blog”, it is completely overrun with big government leftists or those who don’t even have a sufficiently basic knowledge of politics to even understand the difference between left and right.

    So a centre-right, political blog with mostly leftists or those who no nothing and aren’t even interested in knowing anything about politics running the comments threads. It’s pretty entertaining.

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